Miami Shores, FL – More than 10,000 people live in the picturesque town of Miami Shores and most of them are retirees who have come to Florida to enjoy their golden years. The key to good health is staying active and the residents of Miami Shores certainly know that. Many of them like to walk to the corner store or to meet up with friends for dinner. Yes, they are careful, but accidents do happen. Unfortunately, after a certain age, a slip and fall can have catastrophic consequences. If you were injured in a slip and fall caused by the negligence of a property owner, you need to talk to an experienced Miami Shores personal injury lawyer. You may have considerable financial losses so you need someone to fight for your rights.
What kind of damages can you get for a slip and fall in Florida?
You are entitled to compensatory damages, which include economic and non-economic damages.
You are entitled to be compensated for all your medical expenses. If you talk to a lawyer, they will keep track of all your expenses, so you won’t have to worry about anything. Medical expenses include hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitation treatment, the cost of medical equipment you may need for home care, medications, travel expenses if you have to see a specialist in another city, etc.
With this type of injury, you should never settle early. Broken bones don’t heal very well after a certain age. You cannot bet your whole future on the doctor’s promise that you’ll be up and about in 3 months. Do yourself a favor, wait for 3 months and see how you feel. Hopefully, you’ll be able to resume your normal routine. If you feel pain and discomfort, go back to the doctor and see what’s the problem. If you need additional treatment, you should know that before you settle with the insurance company.
Also, if you are left with a disability and you will require assistance for the foreseeable future, the owners of the premises where you had your accident should pay for that as well.
These refer to your pain and suffering, both physical and mental. Your lawyers will advise you to keep a pain journal, in written form, but it can also be in video or audio form. Whatever works for you. This pain journal can be used to show the agony you’ve been through every day since that fall. In a serious case, your lawyers may call on medical experts to testify on the challenges an injury like yours poses.
If you’re confined to your bed, the loss of independence will cause tremendous mental anguish. Nobody wants to be dependent upon others for their most basic needs. Your friends and family can testify about the stress you’ve been under, your despair, your constant humiliation. If you’ve seen a mental health provider (and you really should), they can be called to describe your struggles with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
Florida doesn’t cap pain and suffering damages. Your lawyers will tell you how much money you should seek, based on their experience with similar cases and legal precedents. Usually, pain and suffering damages are calculated using the multiplier method. This means your total economic damages will be multiplied by a factor between 1 and 5, depending on the severity of your injuries and the extent to which they have impacted your life.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a slip and fall or another type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, schedule a free consultation with a seasoned personal injury lawyer at the Madalon Law firm and let them deal with your claim.
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